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J Biosci Bioeng. 2014 Mar;117(3):275-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiosc.2013.09.004. Epub 2013 Oct 4.

Achlorophyllous alga Prototheca zopfii oxidizes n-alkanes with different carbon-chain lengths through a unique subterminal oxidation pathway.

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1
Wakayama Research Laboratories of Kao Corporation, 1334 Minato, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama 640-8580, Japan.
2
Division of Applied Life Sciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Oiwake-cho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan. Electronic address: esakura@kais.kyoto-u.ac.jp.
3
Division of Applied Life Sciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Oiwake-cho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan.

Abstract

Some Prototheca spp. were previously reported to convert n-hexadecane to 5-hexadecanol and then to 5-hexadecanone through a unique subterminal oxidation pathway. Further analysis of derivatives derived from n-hexadecane indicated that Prototheca zopfii oxidized n-alkanes with C11 to C17 chain lengths at not only the 5th but also the 4th, 3rd and 2nd positions.

KEYWORDS:

Ketone; Prototheca; Secondary alcohol; Subterminal oxidation; n-Alkane

PMID:
24099955
DOI:
10.1016/j.jbiosc.2013.09.004
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